2018 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 3.0: Jaguars get Lamar Jackson

By Charley Casserly |

NFL Media analyst

Published: April 26, 2018 at 11:43 a.m.

Hours before the 2018 NFL Draft, here is my third and final mock.
  1. Pick No.
    1
    QB
    USC
    I ignore the noise and give Cleveland the QB I would personally take here.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    RB
    Penn St.
    The Giants believe Eli Manning can still play well at age 37. Barkley and free-agent signee Nate Solder give him a chance to do just that.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    QB
    Oklahoma
    The reigning Heisman Trophy winner's infectious competitiveness wins over Gang Green.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    DE
    N.C. State
    Look for a possible trade-back with the QB-hungry Bills. But here, I'll give the Browns a running mate for last year's No. 1 overall pick, Myles Garrett.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    QB
    Wyoming
    The Broncos coached Allen's North team at the Senior Bowl, and the cannon-armed Wyoming product impressed.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    G
    Notre Dame
    The best offensive line prospect to hit the NFL draft this millennium.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    S
    Florida St.
    A defensive chess piece who can play strong safety, free safety, nickel cornerback and nickel linebacker.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    CB
    Ohio St.
    One month after re-upping Kyle Fuller, the Bears shore up the other side of their pass defense.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    ILB
    Virginia Tech
    The best linebacker in this draft.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    OT
    Notre Dame
    Protecting Derek Carr is a must.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    DT
    Washington
    After releasing Ndamukong Suh in March, the Dolphins upgrade the position with a younger, fresher, cheaper interior disruptor.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    QB
    UCLA
    Do the Bills wind up with the best QB in the draft?
  13. Pick No.
    13
    DT
    Alabama
    Excellent run defender who has untapped potential as a pass rusher.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    S
    Alabama
    The Packers need another pass rusher, but Fitzpatrick is too good to pass up at this point in the draft.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    LB
    Georgia
    The playmaking linebacker this defense needs.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    WR
    Alabama
    Joe Flacco could certainly use a WR1 with speed.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    ILB
    Boise St.
    Athletic linebacker who can cover, blitz and play the run.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    DE
    Texas-San Antonio
    Still raw as a small-school prospect, but this 6-foot-6, 264-pounder brings explosive talent as a pass rusher.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    WR
    Maryland
    There's speculation the Cowboys like Moore over Ridley.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    EDGE
    Boston College
    Detroit snatches up the third-best edge rusher in a draft class that seriously lacks depth in the QB-hunting department.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    C
    Arkansas
    Fills a need at the pivot. Ability to play guard's an added bonus.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    TE
    South Carolina
    Projected trade to Saints
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. After failing to bring Jimmy Graham back to the Big Easy in free agency, the Saints get Drew Brees a versatile weapon in Round 1.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    OT
    UCLA
    Fills a major need at left tackle following Nate Solder's departure in free agency.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    RB
    LSU
    New offensive coordinator Norv Turner likes to run the ball. Guice fits the bill.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    OL
    Iowa
    The Titans need to get better in the center of the offensive line.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    DT
    Florida
    Upfield DT who fits Dan Quinn's scheme.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    OLB
    Alabama
    Projected trade to Bills
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH SAINTS. Buffalo fills its biggest need on defense with this instinctive, sideline-to-sideline enforcer.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    CB
    Louisville
    Pass defense has been the Achilles heel for Pittsburgh in recent years.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    QB
    Louisville
    Spectacular athlete who will need time to develop as a passer.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    T
    Georgia
    Versatile offensive lineman who excelled at tackle and guard during his time at Georgia.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    CB
    Iowa
    Will be an upgrade over Malcolm Butler.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    RB
    Georgia
    All-around back who can be as good as Alvin Kamara.
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